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Kole Calhoun reaches four times Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:33 pm ET) Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun reached base four times Thursday against the Rangers.

Calhoun was an extra base machine early, clubbing a triple and a double in his first two at-bats. He singled his third time up, leaving him a home run shy of the cycle. He did collect another hit, but it was a single. Calhoun finished 4 for 5, with four runs scored and one RBI. 


Mike Trout has typical Mike Trout game Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:25 pm ET) Angels outfielder Mike Trout homered and reached base four times Thursday against the Rangers.

Trout wasted no time getting to work, collecting hits in each of his first four at-bats. After singling in the first and second inning, Trout stepped to the plate with two men on in the third. He worked a six-pitch at-bat from Colby Lewis before homering on an 83 mph slider. Trout singled again his next time up. He finished 4 for 5, with three runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .310.


Colby Lewis has disaster start Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:20 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis was destroyed by the Angels Thursday.

Lewis lasted just 2 1/3 innings. He gave up 13 runs, 11 of which were earned. He did not issue any walks, but did manage to strike out a batter. Despite the high run total, Lewis gave up just one home run during the outing. 

Lewis started off the game by giving up four straight hits. While the next two batters made out, both managed to pick up RBIs. Lewis allowed four runs after one inning of work. The second was even worse. Lewis again gave up four straight hits to open the frame. After a sacrifice fly, Lewis allowed two more hits. Howie Kendrick then grounded into a double-play, which also brought home a run. Lewis gave up six runs during the inning, though two were unearned. 

The third inning wound up being his last. After allowing two straight singles, Lewis gave up a three-run homer to Mike Trout. The hit would chase Lewis from the game. The loss drops him to 6-6 on the year. 


Hector Santiago wins his first game Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:19 pm ET) Angels pitcher Hector Santiago struck out eight against the Rangers Thursday.

Santiago gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over six innings. Santiago displayed strong control, giving up one walk against eight strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches during the outing. 

Santiago found himself in trouble early, as he gave up a two-run double in the first inning. He settled in until the fourth, when an error led to an unearned run being scored. Santiago gave up his final run in the sixth on a solo shot by Adrian Beltre.

The win moved Santiago to 1-7 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Elvis Andrus exits game with ankle injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:07 pm ET) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was forced out of Thursday's game against the Angels with a lower left ankle injury.

Andrus was spiked on the lower part of his left ankle during a double play in the second inning. He remained in the game for an inning and was replaced by Rougned Odor in the fourth.

Andrus is hitting .267 with two homers and 22 RBI in 360 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Angels.

Joe Mauer remains without timetable for return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:02 pm ET) Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony confirmed that first baseman Joe Mauer will not be able to return immediately after the All-Star break, MLB.com reports.

Mauer has showed some slight improvement in his recovery from an oblique injury, but remains without a timetable for return.

"They're optimistic about his recovery," Antony said. "Things are going well. They're still trying to work on getting the soreness out of there. Until he does that he can't really get back to the things he needs to. So right now, there is no timetable."

Craig Kimbrel notches save 28
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:58 pm ET) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel notched his 28th save Thursday against the Mets.

Kimbrel was called upon for the four out save. With two men on in the eighth inning, Fredi Gonzalez went to Kimbrel to get out of the jam. He struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the inning. Kimbrel then came out for the ninth. He pitched a perfect frame, but did not pick up any additional strikeouts. Kimbrel's ERA sits at 1.96 on the year. 


Carlos Carrasco picks up relief win Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:55 pm ET) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco picked up a relief win Thursday night at home against the Yankees.

Carrasco struck out one and needed only seven pitches to secure a perfect seventh inning for the Indians. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 55 1/3 innings of relief this season.

T.J. House settles for no-decision vs. Yankees
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:50 pm ET) Indians pitcher T.J. House wasn't a factor into the decision Thursday night at home against the Yankees. The left-hander permitted three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings of a 9-3 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 22 2/3 innings, House has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 4.40 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 45 innings of work this season. The Indians have not mapped out their pitching plans after the All-Star break, so House's next start remains to be seen.

Russell Martin hits fifth home run Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:50 pm ET) Pirates catcher Russell Martin clubbed his fifth home run Thursday against the Cardinals. 

Martin struck in the top of the ninth. Martin worked a three-pitch at-bat against Jason Motte. On the final pitch, he belted a 94 mph fastball out to left for a solo shot. Martin also singled twice and walked, reaching base four times. He finished 3 for 4, with one run and two RBI. 


 
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